Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

flagitious

Definition:(adjective) Shockingly brutal or cruel.
Synonyms:atrocious, monstrous, grievous
Usage: All faults or defects, from the slightest misconduct to the most flagitious crime, Pantocyclus attributed to some deviation from perfect regularity in the bodily figure.
Article of the Day

The Garden of Eden

In the Bible, the Garden of Eden is the first home to humankind, a harmonious, idyllic paradise. There, God created Adam and Eve, the first humans. Having eaten fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil—against God's orders—they were banished from the garden. While the location of the garden itself is not specified or known, its location is described in reference to places that are. What geographic locations have biblical scholars proposed for the Garden of Eden? More...
This Day in History

Le Paradis Massacre (1940)

The Le Paradis massacre was a WWII war crime committed by German soldiers under the command of officer Fritz Knöchlein. After becoming isolated from their regiment and running out of ammunition during the Battle of France, a group of British soldiers surrendered to German troops. They were then led across the road, lined up against a wall, and shot. Ninety-seven British troops died. Two survived and hid, but they were captured several days later. What happened to Knöchlein after the war? More...
Today's Birthday

James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok (1837)

Hickok was an American frontier marshal, legendary marksman, and gambler. In 1861, while working as a stagecoach driver, he shot and killed outlaw Dave McCanles, earning a reputation as a gunfighter. After serving as a Union spy during the Civil War, he was appointed a US marshal and tamed two Kansas towns. He was shot dead by a drunken stranger while playing poker at a saloon in the town of Deadwood. At the time, he was holding what combination of cards, now known as "dead man's hand"? More...
Quotation of the Day
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

from a mile away

Well or far in advance; exceptionally easily. More...
Today's Holiday

National Reconciliation Week (2016)

Australia sets aside the week between May 27 and June 3 to honor the culture and history of its Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and to promote reconciliation and forgiveness for the treatment that these indigenous peoples have suffered at the hands of white Australians. Since it was first held in 1996, National Reconciliation Week has featured various activities designed to promote understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, such as the People's Walk for Reconciliation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. More...
In the News

Common Antibiotic Linked to Heart Risk

Zithromax, or azithromycin, is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the US, in part because it requires a shorter course of treatment than other antibiotics. Recently, however, it was linked with an increased risk of sudden death in adults, particularly those with heart disease. Doctors may therefore want to consider alternative antibiotics for patients at risk for heart problems. Amoxicillin, for example, was not linked with an increased risk of death. More...
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